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Research Technician - Pedram Lab Relevant Educational Qualifications Job

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Janelia Research Campus is a pioneering research center in Ashburn, Virginia, where scientists pursue fundamental questions in neuroscience and imaging. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) launched Janelia in 2006, establishing an intellectually distinctive environment for scientists to do creative, collaborative, hands-on work. Our integrated teams of biologists, computational scientists, and tool-builders pursue a small number of scientific questions with potential for transformative impact. We share our methods, results, and tools with the scientific community. It is a uniquely innovative and collaborative atmosphere that reflects HHMI's reputation for excellence.


We have an opportunity for a Research Technician to join the Pedram Lab ((please use the apply button below)) at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The successful candidate will perform experiments as part of a team of investigators, developing new methods to probe the glycocalyx-the sugar coating found in all cells-and applying those methods to biological problems relevant to human health. We especially encourage applicants who have backgrounds in chemical biology, biology, chemistry, or related fields. You will gain valuable bench-side experience in a fast-paced and collaborative research environment, with exposure to techniques in molecular design, synthetic biology, and advanced imaging. You will have the opportunity to contribute to every aspect of project development and progression, from brainstorming to manuscript drafting, and will be listed as a co-author in published work to which you have contributed. Full training for all responsibilities will be provided. We are especially interested in candidates who wish to work in a dynamic research environment and learn new skills with the long-term goal of entering graduate school. Candidates who wish to stay for 2-3 years are preferred.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform experiments to gather data for a portion of the research project(s).

  • Diligently and accurately record efforts and findings.

  • Interpret and analyze experimental results and discuss these with the principal investigator and the rest of the team. Provide recommendations on experimental design and/or research direction.

  • Develop new research protocols where appropriate protocols are not described in the literature or where modification of standard procedures and protocols is required.

  • Perform ongoing literature review to remain current with new procedures and related research; apply to ongoing research.

  • Contribute to the preparation of papers for publication, especially in the results section. Present ongoing work to colleagues and/or at academic conferences.

  • Participate in teams across different disciplines. Serve as a technical resource for others, and in turn, benefit from the technical expertise of others.



  • Bachelor's degree is required. Degrees in chemical biology, chemistry, biology, or related fields (e.g., neuroscience, bioengineering, chemical engineering, biophysics) are preferred.


  • Previous experience in a research laboratory setting is necessary. Significant undergraduate experience (e.g., extended experience in a single laboratory, summer internship in industry, and/or an honors thesis) is acceptable.

  • Individuals with more experience are also encouraged to apply. Title and salary will be adjusted according to experience.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously.

  • Adaptability to varying daily responsibilities.

  • Collaborative and collegial attitude toward staff at all levels.

Please submit a brief cover letter, your CV, and names/contact information for 3 references with your application. And please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions: (see application details)

Physical Requirements:

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet). Work may involve possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances.

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job's principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however. Unless they begin with the word "may," the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are "essential functions" of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Pedram Lab is committed to providing an environment where everyone feels welcome and supported.

HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute
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